RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA — Orange County Health Care Agency officials Friday reported six more people have succumbed to COVID-19 and 209 more have been diagnosed with coronavirus.
The county’s death toll now stands at 1,281 with a cumulative positive case count at 54,118 since the pandemic began.
Four of the six reported dead on Friday were skilled nursing facility residents.
Since the pandemic began, 461 of the deaths were skilled nursing facility residents and 89 lived in assisted living facilities.
That leaves 731 others who died from coronavirus that were not living in nursing homes.
As cases continue to persist, whether from a Labor Day surge or not, Orange County CEO Frank Kim said he was concerned to see the case rate rise above 200.
“I’m concerned,” Kim said. “I want to see those numbers smaller… The general trend is a slow, steady rise in case loads. We’re not